Mancini extends his contract with the Italian national team until 2026
Italian soccer federation president Gabriele Gravina said on Monday that national team coach Roberto Mancini has extended his contract until 2026. Mancini’s previous decade was due to end after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and will now remain for the next edition in 2026. “We want to maintain the stability of the national team. In addition to our pursuit of a title, we want to complete the project that we started,” said Gravina. He continued: “Mancini has worked efficiently in two years and the completion of the project is necessary out of respect for our fans.” The Italian Federation signed Mancini to coach the national team in May 2018, after the “Azzurri” failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia, and the 56-year-old led the national team in 28 matches, won 19 and lost twice. He also led Italy to qualify for the European Championship and the semi-finals of the Nations League, where he will meet Spain in October. The European Nations Championship, scheduled between June 11 and July 11, took Italy in Group A with Turkey, Wales and Switzerland. Italy will host the opening match in Rome against Turkey.